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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost for a photographer for a wedding?

Finding the right wedding photographer can make a big difference for your ceremony. Nationally, the average wedding photographer’s price ranges from $800 to $1,000, but costs can be much higher in areas like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles where some couples spend $2,000 to $5,000 or more for the photographer they want.

Factors that can affect your wedding photographer prices include the photographer’s reputation and experience. Heavy hitters can command top rates, especially during wedding-season weekends. Day of the week also affects your cost. You may get a $200 discount on wedding photographer prices if you get married on a Friday in November rather than a Saturday in June.

Time onsite is also an important cost factor. Hiring a photographer to snap photos from the moment you wake up until after last call at the reception is going to cost more than five hours of pictures during the day. Multiple photographers, special lighting, and videography will also increase your costs. Ultimately you want to find someone who has a style you love and can provide the number of edited shots you want for a price you can handle. Learn more about hiring a wedding photographer.

How many photos should you get from a wedding photographer?

A professional wedding photographer will usually supply their clients with several hundred photos (200, 300, 400 or 800 and more). Some might even provide more than 1,000 photos. It ultimately depends on the photographer.

Wedding photographers will usually take several thousand photos but cut them down to the keepers. They also have to edit these photos. Typically, they will provide them to the clients on a digital hard drive, as an online download or even in a photo album with beautiful decorations.

What pictures should be taken at a wedding?

On your wedding day, your photographer should take pictures of the couple getting ready for the wedding, as well as a fun personality picture before activities begin. They should also photograph showstoppers like the bouquet, invitations, shoes, reception space, cake, centerpieces, rings and the veil. A generational photo with parents or grandparents is also special. There should also be photos of the bride and groom alone, the ceremony, the confetti-filled exit, and hair and makeup.

How long do wedding photographers stay?

A wedding photographer usually expects to work a full day. This gives them time to photograph the venue, cake, rings, shoes, centerpieces, invitations and other aspects of the wedding before the guests arrive. It also allows them time to get photos of the bride and groom alone, as well as the hair and makeup process and fun personality pictures. Then, they will work through all the parts of the wedding.

When should you take wedding photos?

Couples can take wedding photos before their actual ceremony, during cocktail hour (before the reception), during the wedding reception or even after their wedding. The least stressful time to do it is often before the ceremony when hair and makeup generally look their best, temperatures are usually lower because it’s earlier in the day and the couple won’t have to think or worry about it for the rest of the day.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a photographer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to set up an appointment or a consultation with a photographer near you during the COVID-19 pandemic is by conducting an online search. Start by scheduling a call with the photographer. If possible, it may be better to use a video call service so that the photographer can get an idea of the site location. Take this opportunity to discuss safety measures you can take during this time, as well as whether it’s safe to complete the project now or simply postpone it.

Does a photographer need to enter my home?

There are many situations in which a photographer does not need to enter your home. It’s not uncommon for people to prefer to have their pictures taken outdoors. If you're hiring a photographer, maintain safe distances, avoid being in the same room, sanitize all involved surfaces and conduct payment using digital platforms. You can discuss strategies as you complete your search for local photographers.

How can I find out if a photographer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Consult your city or state’s government websites, which typically have information on which services are deemed essential during the pandemic. 

For national information, visit CISA’s page on Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. Here, you can find 16 different types of essential infrastructure sectors that can continue operating unimpeded during the pandemic. But some, not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Do photographers offer remote or virtual services?

Photography happens in person, but photographers may be able to offer other remote services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, they may be able to offer editing and other post-processing services. 

If you see that a photographer is offering remote services in their profile, contact them and ask what those services include.

Reviews for South Lake Tahoe wedding photographers
Heather C.
Candace is awesome I’m very glad I hired her as my wedding photographer I wouldn’t have chose anybody else. She is super professional but yet down to earth and very helpful. I would definitely recommend Candace to anybody who is looking to get a wedding photographer
Fortheloveofphotos. Photography By CandaceFortheloveofphotos. Photography By Candace
Katherine K.
Angela did such an amazing job with our wedding photos. I can’t say enough wonderful things about her. She has a very laid back style and is great at putting you at ease in front of the camera. She also has such a wonderful eye for getting the photos you want. I’m so happy we used her and will definitely be using her again in the future
Angela Meredith PhotographyAngela Meredith Photography
Claire V.
Armando was excellent to work with. He is incredibly responsive, professional, and his quality of work is phenomenal! My husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary in South Lake Tahoe this past weekend and chose Armando to capture our time there. We were not familiar with the area, but Armando chose a gorgeous spot for our shoot, was very prompt in meeting with us, and delivered the beautifully edited photos within a couple of days. It really was such a pleasure working with him and now we have gorgeous photos to mark our 1 year anniversary. Highly recommend Armando as a professional photographer!
AJ PhotographyAJ Photography
Amanda M.
Amani was fantastic! I hired her for my last minute wedding in south lake tahoe due to covid changing everything she showed up on time took amazing photos and made sure I got all the photos I wanted to get and stayed a little bit after her time to get more photos she was amazing she sent me some teasers and I am.so in love with them she captured our style perfectly dark and romantic the pictures are way more than I could have ever hoped for! I would hire her again in a heart beat!! Thank you for everything 🖤🖤
Amani PhotographyAmani Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We had a couple's photoshoot at Hope valley, Lake Tahoe with a backdrop of fall aspen colors to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Tess was very accommodating in moving our initial date due to our desire for fall colors. She was regularly in touch before the photoshoot and checked on the fall color conditions. Tess was very flexible in the choice of location and also made us feel very comfortable during the photoshoot. She was very patient and had a great attention to detail while capturing the perfect lighting for every photo. The edited photos were not very satisfying however she was very quick to send unedited versions of the photos. Overall, a very satisfying experience and we would love to work with her again. We recommend her as you will get your money's worth!
Tess Hunt PicsTess Hunt Pics
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